With all the news on Clinton’s year-long vegan diet, and basically whenever someone decides to give up meat, there’s a flurry of concern the diet will be short on protein, calcium, vitamin B12, and zinc. But actually, Bill’s current tour de force not only has sufficient protein, calcium, vitamin B12, and zinc from beans, nuts, meatless burgers, fortified non-dairy milks, and fortified cereals, but it’s also skyrocketing the charts on heart-healthy and cancer-busting fiber and antioxidants. So, until Bill goes totally RAW and starts sprouting grains, avoiding all processed foods, and making almond milk from scratch (which is actually a pretty righteous nutrition situation, but does require a daily multivitamin), there is no need for panic.
But why don’t we see this headline in the news?
Meat-Eaters May Be Short on Fiber and Cancer-Fighting Antioxidants
Ironically, meat and processed-food enthusiasts should be extra careful because by skipping out on plant proteins (beans, tempeh, nuts, broccoli, quinoa) and instead downing meats and other processed foods, they’re missing out on key life force nutrients that work to prevent heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. This is why in nutrition counseling, I recommend multivitamins to meat-eaters, and not to plant food junkies.
Did you get your 9 servings of veggies and fruits today?